29 January 2019

Details announced for Game Scotland 2019

Hugo Showing Larson

THE Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust in Scotland has announced the topics and speakers for its spring conference to be held on Friday 29 March at Perth Racecourse. 

The keynote address will be given by Edward Mountain, MSP for Highland and Islands and Convener of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

Titled Game Scotland 2019, the event will attract an audience of farmers, land managers, policy makers and practitioners on the ground. 

Conference topics range from an outline of GWCT research and its importance to game and wildlife management; discussions on the ongoing grouse moor management review; innovative research and advice on conservation cropping; latest legislation on humane trapping standards; wise and fresh strategies for the handling and marketing of shot game; managing reared gamebirds with reduced reliance on antibiotics; and the challenges of adaptive management licences.

Current sponsors of the event are Bidwells, Game & Country Ltd and Thorntons Law LLP.

Speakers include GWCT advisory, research and policy staff, St David’s Gamebird Services, Scottish Land & Estates, Kings Crops and the British Game Alliance. 

Hugo Straker, Senior Advisor for the GWCT and event organiser said: “Ensuring that those who invest in and practice game conservation are well briefed on the legal requirements and best practice knowledge that frame their activities is vital for continuing investment in such beneficial activity. 

“We are delighted to offer such a diverse programme that should raise awareness amongst a range of land management interests throughout Scotland.”

For more information, timings, costs and to book places see: www.gwct.org.uk/gamescotland2019.

Eventbrite - Game Scotland 2019 Conference

Programme (subject to change) 







1000 - 1010


David Noble, GWCT Scotland Chairman

1010 - 1025

GWCT research in the uplands and lowlands: Importance for game, wildlife and practitioners.

Dr Adam Smith, Director GWCT Scotland

1025 - 1040

Keynote Speaker

Edward Mountain, MSP

1040 - 1100

Tea/Coffee Break


1100 - 1130

Innovative cropping for game and wildlife conservation: Whitburgh, Balgonie and Auchnerran Case Studies

Alan Johnson,

Kings Technical Advisor &

Dr Dave Parish, Head of Lowground Research, GWCT Scotland

1130 – 1145

Grouse Moor Management Review Group: A force for good?

Tim Baynes

Director, Scottish Land & Estates Moorland Group


1145 - 1200

Questions & Discussion


1200 - 1245



1245 – 1300

Adaptive Management Licences: Strathbraan Case Study

Merlin Becker, GWCT Scotland Trainee Advisor

1300 - 1330

Tunnel traps after 2019: disaster or opportunity?


Dr Jonathan Reynolds, GWCT Head of Predation Control Studies

1330 – 1400

Anti-biotics in gamebirds; eliminate the dependency.

Matthew Balfour MRCVS

St David’s Gamebird Services

1400 - 1430

Glorious game as food

Tom Adams, British Game Alliance

John Queen, Headkeeper, Linhope Estate


1430 - 1445

Questions & Discussion


1445 – 1505

Tea/Coffee Break


1505 - 1535

Mountain Hare: Hare today, gone tomorrow: A need for counts to refute assertions that sporting estates cause local declines

Ross Macleod, Head of Policy

1550 - 1605

Questions & Discussion


1605 – 1620

GWCT Advisory Services & Summing Up

Hugo Straker, GWCT Scotland Senior Advisor

Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is an independent wildlife conservation charity which carries out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

For information, contact:

Playfair Walker
Telephone: 0131 445 5570
Email: richard@playfairwalker.com

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